Feb. 12, 2009
POSITION: ADMINISTRATOR, NATIONAL OCEANIC and ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
NOMINEE: Jane Lubchenco
BIRTH DATE: December 4, 1947 in Denver, CO
Ph.D. in Marine Ecology 1975, Harvard
M.S. in Zoology 1971. University of Washington
B.A. in Biology 1969, Colorado College
FAMILY: Husband: Bruce Menge; two sons
1993-present; Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology, Oregon State University
1988-present Professor of Zoology, Oregon State University
1989-1992 Chair, Department of Zoology, Oregon State University
1982-1988 Associate Professor, 1977-1982 Assistant Professor, Oregon State University
1978-1984 Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution
1975-1977 Assistant Professor, Harvard
1996-2000 & 2000-2006 National Science Board member, nominated by President Clinton
Numerous awards, fellowships, visiting professorships (see Oregon State bio)
ON GLOBAL WARMING/CLIMATE CHANGE
"The evidence is now overwhelming that even the immense oceans are depleted and disrupted."
"The acidification of oceans may well be the most insidious and pervasive threat to life in the oceans everywhere."
Like Energy secretary nominee Steven Chu, who directs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Holdren and Lubchenco have argued for a mandatory limit on greenhouse gas emissions to avert catastrophic climate change.
"The Bush administration has not been respectful of the science."
"Humans have unwittingly embarked upon a grand experiment with our planet. The outcome of this experiment is unknown, but has profound implications for all of life on Earth."
"Human health is being increasingly recognized as having strong environmental components."
"The economy is more interlinked with the environment than is often appreciated (23, 37). The false assertion that society must choose between the economy and the environment is often made. In reality, this "jobs versus the environment" choice is a false dichotomy: the real choice is between short-term gain and long-term, sustained prosperity."
"The consequences of environmental degradation are often borne disproportionately by racially and economically disadvantaged groups."
"National security is being viewed increasingly as an environmental issue, with multiple, complex connections among population growth, environmental quality, and security, including human migrations, war, disease, social disruption, political fragmentation, competition for scarce resources, and ecoterrorism."
"In summary, national security, social justice, the economy, and human health are appropriately considered to be environmental issues because each is dependent to some degree on the structure, functioning, and resiliency of ecological systems."
"Hence, both the rationale for public investment in science as well as specific decisions about the allocations of resources are tied to expected outcomes that are beneficial to society."
"Many of the choices facing society are moral and ethical ones, and scientific information can inform them. Science does not provide the solutions, but it can help understand the consequences of different choices."
"I propose that the scientific community formulate a new Social Contract for science... The Contract should be predicated upon the assumptions that scientists will (i) address the most urgent needs of society, in proportion to their importance; (ii) communicate their knowledge and understanding widely in order to inform decisions of individuals and institutions; and (iii) exercise good judgment, wisdom, and humility."
"In view of the overarching importance of environmental issues for the future of the human race, all graduates from institutions of higher learning should be environmentally literate."
Jane Lubchenco, Entering the Century of the Environment: A New Social Contract for Science, Science 279, 491-497, 23 January 1998
ON STEM CELLS
Lubchenco is former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a group who believes that, "Public and private research on human stem cells derived from all sources (embryonic, fetal, and adult) should be conducted in order to contribute to the rapidly advancing and changing scientific understanding of the potential of human stem cells from these various sources."